Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari is expected to enter his plea on the scheduled Sept. 21 arraignment in connection with the graft and malversation cases filed against him at the Sandiganbayan.
A minute resolution released to the media by the anti-graft court’s Third Division Thursday said Misuari’s arraignment will be followed by a pre-trial proceeding at 8:30 am on Sept. 21.
The resolution was signed by presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Sarah Jane Fernandez and Bernelito Fernandez.
Misuari, the former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor, is facing two counts each of graft and malversation by falsification owing to the alleged anomalous procurement of educational materials worth P115.2 million during his term as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Misuari and his co-accused allegedly conspired to give “unwarranted benefits, advantage and privilege” to MBJ Learning Tools, CPR Publishing, and White Orchids Printing.
But Ombudsman investigators said “no such materials were delivered” by the three companies.
Misuari posted a P460,000 bail in September last year for his provisional liberty.